A biography/family history of William D. MacFarlane is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3.
William was born, 8 Dec 1861, to William and Flora (Campbell) MacFarlane, b. 1832, Johnson, Scotland & 1835, Glasgow, Scotland, respectively. William, Sr., immigrated with his parents to Canada in 1844.He became a teacher, farmer, and weaver.William married Flora in Guelph, Ontario.In 1875, William, Sr., sold his farm in Bruce County, Ontario, and developed another farm near Manitoba where he raised wheat.In 1898, he disposed of that farm and retired to Auburn, Nebraska.William Sr., died 1909, age 77; Flora died 1917, age 82.
William D. attended public schools in Ontario and Manitoba, and attended Dr. Crawford's Business College in Rapid City, Manitoba. At age 16, he learned the bricklaying and plasterers trade in Manitoba and followed that line of work until 1912.From 1884-1889, he worked in building and contracting in St. Thomas, ND, Vancouver, BC, and Regina.In 1891, he located to Great Falls, MT, until 1898 when he moved to Ft. Benton, MT, where he erected the Stockman's National Bank in 1900, and built other important structures.In the fall of 1901, he located to Havre, MT, and engaged in contracting and the following year located on a farm about 3-1/2 miles south of Havre where he raised shorthorn cattle and went into the dairy business. In 1918, he gave up all his interests except for the farm and dairy.
On 6 Apr 1886, William D. married Miss Agnes Kerr, a native of Ontario, Canada.Her parents were born in Dunnbarton, Scotland.MacFarlane children: Mary Agnes (Mrs. Clarence Sargent), Chinook, MT; Jeanie Florence (Mrs. Charles L. Brown), Havre, MT; William James (m. Mary Bell), Detroit, MI; Margaret Mildren (Mrs. Magnus Neilson), Rudyard, MT; Beaulah Kerr (Mrs. John E. Gentner), Havre, MT; Edgar E., Havre, MT; Flora Alice, Havre, MT.
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